Afterthoughts (Besset, Julian Raoul)




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Composer (2014/3/27)

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Publisher Info. Julian Raoul Besset
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Work Title Afterthoughts (or : Retrospections)
Alternative. Title Retournements
Composer Besset, Julian Raoul
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 1
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 continuous with 15 sub-sections:
  1. Tender Variegations
  2. Setting Out
  3. Underbrush
  4. Clearings
  5. Pitfalls
  6. Relief
  7. Puck's Prance
  8. Burlesque (Tramps Treading)
  9. Erraticity
  10. Repose
  11. Slitherings
  12. Bells Bearings
  13. On the Way Out
  14. A Valediction
  15. An Anthem
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1960 ca., reprised in 2003, 2008, 2014 and 2021
Average DurationAvg. Duration 10 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation piano

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The first complete revised version (2012) assembles disparate thoughts (juvenilia) jotted down in the early sixties. The seams remain apparent, but can be viewed as characteristic of the piece.
The later version (2014) is a complete overhaul with extensive editing and note nudging (comprising some minor additions and corrections) plus an effort to stitch together more closely the 15 or so necessarily contrasting sequences and change of moods. Each sequence has a title that attempts to present the whole work chronologically as a farandole through a wooded area.
The audio rendition of this composite piece or suite (as opposed to a live performance) has moved from the use of Pianissimo through Pianoteq to Garritan's excellent CFX Concert Grand emulation in order to approach real time performance as closely as possible. The latest version (2021) enhances this approach.